Berge set tongues wagging today when he told the financial newspaper La Tribune that he believes the people who make the most money should pay the most taxes — he even went so far as to say he finds it “immoral” that rich people pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes. For the record, Berge is most definitely rich. He’s sitting on a fortune estimated larger than $170 million at current exchange rates, but in this case he’s talking about the superrich:
“I am not one of the megarich like Francois Pinault or Bernard Arnault. And I don’t want to send any tax collectors to their homes … But above a certain threshold, we must raise the tax rates on high incomes.”
To put it in perspective, Arnault, the richest man in France, is worth almost $31 billion, making Berge look almost like a pauper in comparison.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that Berge was also asked if legislators in his native France would pass a law raising taxes on the rich to help tamp down that country’s growing deficit. In response, he said, “That depends how many of the president’s rich friends give him a call.”